Gyroplane Flight Lessons | Light Sport Aircraft | Silverlight Aviation


Our lessons start with an introductory flight that usually lasts 25 minutes in flight and is aimed at letting you experience the feel of flying and enjoying the flight so that you can make a decision if this kind of sport flying is for you. If you are comfortable, we will even let you fly the aircraft under the instructor's supervision on this introductory flight.

Lessons can be arranged by contacting us. Flight lessons are $207/hour including rental and sales tax plus instructor, Ground instruction is $55/hour.

The following chart shows a 20-unit student lesson plan outline for a typical student for Phase I through solo. This can vary based on student's motivation level and progress. At least one lesson per week should be scheduled to maintain steady progress to best optimize skill and memory retention.

Lesson Subject Type
F-1 Introduction Flight
F-2 Effects Of Controls Flight
G-1 Aerodynamics Ground (self-study assignments)
F-3 Maintaining Ground Track and Level Turns Flight
F-4 Ground Reference Maneuvers Flight
F-5 Ascending and Descending Flight and Turns Flight
F-6 Slow flight and getting behind the power curve, Height-Velocity curve Flight
F-7 More Slow Flight and Slow Flight Maneuvering including un-coordinated (sideways) flying Flight
F-8 Energy Management Flight
G-2 Airport Operations Ground
G-3 Airspace, Rules, Restrictions and Regulations (FAR/AIM) Ground (self-study and instructor-lead discussion)
F-9 Pattern Work and Approach Flight
F-10 Pattern Work, Approach and Landings Flight
G-4 Aircraft Systems and Performance Ground (self-study)
F-11 Pattern Work with CTAF Radio Communication Flight
F-12 Wake Turbulence Avoidance, Emergency Procedures, Go-Arounds, Windshear Avoidence Ground and Flight
F-13 Crosswind Operations and Soft Field Operations Flight
G-5 NOTAMS, TFR's, FSS Briefings, Local Restrictions Ground
G-6 Pre-Solo Quiz and Review Ground
F-14 Review and Instructor Supervised Solo #1 Flight
G-7 Weather, Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM), Aero-Medical Factors Ground (self-study)
F-15 Instructor Supervised Solo #2 Flight
G-8 Cross Country Planning Example (Airport Facilities Directory or AFD, Sectional Chart Reading, Pilotage and Dead Reckoning) Ground
F-16 Cross-Country with Instructor Flight
G-9 Plan First Solo Cross-Country Flight Ground (Reviewed by Instructor)
F-17 Solo Cross Country Flight
F-18 Aircraft Setup and Tuning (Trailering setup, Blade tracking and balance) Ground/Flight
F-19 Prep for Practical Test Standards including required maneuvers Flight

The amount of time needed to complete flight training depends on each individual but normally is about 12 to 18 hours to solo and about 25 to 35 hours to get a Sport Pilot license and 45 to 60 hours to get private pilot's license in gyroplanes.

Please note, if you are a fixed wing airplane pilot looking to transition into gyroplanes, you will find familiar sense in controls but with usually less control movement and much more maneuvarble than most certified fixed wing airplanes. There are some key differences that need to be conceptually internalized as well to be safe in gyroplanes.

Accomodations are available in nearby motels. MicroTel Suites (Phone: 813-783-2211) is a convenient and affordable option and so is Ramada Inn (Phone: 813-762-2000)

SilverLight Aviation contracted instructors provide instruction for Sport Pilot, Private pilot, Commercial pilot, Sport-CFI, and Regular CFI ratings by the FAA in rotorcraft category/gyroplane class.

Training provided follows the requirements set by the Practical Test Standards of the FAA for appropriate Pilot license level. The instruction is done under the supervision of FAA Certified Flight Instructors. We have two CFIs for gyroplanes

  • Bring a photo ID (driver's license) and a passport or a Birth Certificate to prove US Citizenship as required by Transport Security Administration (TSA).
  • If you are not a US citizen and do not already have a FAA license, please contact us and we will guide you to get TSA clearance for initial flight training in the US
  • Be prepared take guidance from your instructor(s). Be prepared to learn!
  • Our summer schedule, weather permitting, is any day of the week with prior appointment. 3 hour flight time maximum per student per day.
  • 250 pound weight limit. If heavier please contact the instructor
  • If you have any medical or physical issues, please discuss those with us beforehand.
  • Students are responsible for completing pre-flight inspections on the aircraft after they have been shown how to pre-flight. If instructor has to perform the pre-flight, that time is considered part of the flight lesson.
  • FAA Gyroplane Flying Handbook and FAR/AIM are recommended to be bought
  • Student who have purchased aircraft from us get preferred lesson scheduling.